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I have a good friend who has a mixed breed herding dog. He and his wife rarely ever take the dog for a walk and they never walk the dog "correctly". As in the dog pulls them around everywhere and they say "We have tried everything to stop the pulling". They like the gentle leader. I don't use anything but either a flat collar or pinch collars. I wouldn't use a pinch collar in this case.

They have asked if I would take care of the dog this coming weekend. I have done it in the past and just left the dog at their house. I would come down twice a day to let the dog outside and feed it.

My friend knows my dogs and knows how they behave. However, he thinks how a dog acts is based on personality purely. As in he thinks my dogs walk on a leash because they don't want to run in front and smell everything. He also knows I walk my dogs 4 miles a day and thinks that is crazy. He thinks his dog is trained because it knows how to sit correctly. Since it can follow commands sometimes, it means he has a trained dog. If the dog doesn't listen it just means he doesn't feel like listening right then.

I am considering bringing his dog up to my house for the weekend and making it part of my pack. I would require the same things I require from my dogs. I think his dog would benefit from this. He could learn how to properly walk on a leash and learn how to be calm.

His dog and my dogs have met. They know each other and are "friendly". Lucy doesn't care for Dante's(his dog) excitable behavior but she does like roughing it up with him.

He said he would prefer if the dog could come up and stay with me so am I out of line asking if he minds if I walk his dog and require proper behavior out of his dog that I require out of mine? I use leash tugs and my ability to be more stubborn than any dog alive to make them submit to my will.

I figure he knows what I am about and has asked me to keep his dog for the weekend. I think he should be willing to let the dog experience an environment where Dante is expected to behave.

I know in the long run that his dog will return to normal at his house since I doubt he would keep any training going. However, I just hope that if he could see Dante walking with Lucy and Dozer correctly, he might realize that Dante could be full of personality AND still behave like a dog should. I just feel sorry for Dante that he does not get to experience good quality walks and good exercise.
 

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If he has asked that you keep the dog at your house, then I see no problem with teaching the dog some manners while he's there. It's not as if you're going to be endangering the dog in any way. You could just approach it casually and say, "Cool. You mind if I teach him a few tricks while he's here?" Or you could say nothing and I don't think it would really matter.
 

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I think it's a great idea! The dogs at your house, so it's going to live by your rules. We dog sitted a choc. lab named Casey that never went for walks, was over wieght, pulled the leash, was afraid of water, and yet a very submissive dog. Got along OK with Abby, they pretty much ignored each other. But I taught the dog how to walk properly on the leash, I would walk Abby and Casey together beside me. We even were able to go for a hike in the woods with the two dogs walking beside each other. Sadly though, Casey has some kind of hip problems, I think she has HD, and we couldn't help her loose the wieght. We did help her with water phobia and I was able to give her the whole complete grooming thing :) and I think when it was time for her to go home, she looked great! Her coat was beatiful, I think she shed a few pounds (by accident).

Here's a picture of Casey:

 

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Your house, your rules. just don't be too disappointed if the dog returns home and reverts back to his old behavior. (or lack of it...) Who knows, like you said, maybe if he sees how well his dog can behave he'll change his mind. It certainly can't hurt.
 

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Yeah I agree as well, however with them not walking the dog much or rarely, however it may be, they arent letting the dog burn up all of its energy to be a "good dog". An exhausted dog is a good and happy dog. I walk my dog 3-4 miles a day and she is GREAT at home in between walks and on Sundays I giver her a day off and she isnt wild per-say, but she can't stay occupied on one thing for long and tries to get into everything, kinda anxious I guess. I guess after readng what I just said im gonna give her a "break" on Sundays and maybe just walk her a mile or two instead of 3 or 4.
Anyways, I got off the subject, but yeah, like was said before, your house your rules, but with them not walking her or burning up any energy or frustration she isn't gonna keep walking good or keep being good if thats what she does for you. I also agree with what was said ealier in the fact that if she doesn't keep it up once she gets home, which she probably will, don't get upset, but he may keep it up once he see's firsthand how the dog COULD be if they just took the time to work with it.
Good luck!
 
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